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EMPATHY IN FRIENDSHIP - day 5 HOD sh b'CHESED

HOD sh b'CHESED
Kabbalistic Sephirat HaOmer - day 5 

PSALMS OF MY SOUL

ספירת העומר

Empathy in Friendship/Loving Kindness

- Joy Krauthammer



Furling or Unfurling?
Sago palm frond
© Joy Krauthammer  4.28.2016




These Omer Sephirot are important to me as I believe in today's humility, gratitude, splendor, and surely act in lovingkindness –this week’s Sephirah.  I can be a whole lot better with a loved one.

Early this morning because an ill friend doesn’t use computer so she doesn’t see my photos, nor writing, I wrote on a purchased pretty card to this elderly friend recovering from cancer surgery.  She has chosen not to have 'treatments' because she is "old and sick".

Hard for me to neatly handwrite when all I do is write on computer but I carefully took the time for each letter of every word covering the card’s inside with meaningful words. Not easy always to be a friend when the Friend is not her happier self.  Hard to write words of healing love when the ill one is not sharing serene energy, but spewing the opposite. When I think about how badly I felt during and following her phone call, I realize that Friend is feeling much worse, and I lessen my feelings trying to reach balance. (Wasn't too easy because a person very important in my music life (and the world) died two days earlier and I've been writing condolence letters filled with photos, and today e-mailed another sympathy note to cousins because a dear cousin, z"l, died a week ago today. I am sad.) 

I wrote Friend that I am grateful for all that today is good. No pain for Friend today, etc. etc. 
E-mailed the Friend's friend overseas to tune her in...

I guess this is the very same that I do for an older sister for the same reasons, snail mail and call, but she does not express heavy upset nor anger.   Sister, too, is being cared for.

How do YOU express yourself in the energy of Hod sh b’Chesed? 

Is the Sago frond tightly closing OR is the frond unfurling?  
Where is the freedom? What is the freedom? How do we get there? What are we leaving?
How can our heart extend lovingkindness and share gratitude and splendor?


Furling or Unfurling?
Sago palm frond
© Joy Krauthammer  4.28.2016

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HOD sh b'CHESED
Kabbalistic Sephirat HaOmer - day 5 

PSALMS OF MY SOUL

ספירת העומר

Empathy in Friendship/Loving Kindness

- Joy Krauthammer  2015

Empathy--Not usually how I think about Hod.  Usually I think of gratitude and/or splendor.

Reaching this 5th Omer day, I called a friend whom I haven't spoken to in months. She doesn't return calls or e-mails, the same also for her other friends. I heard she is suffering yet another house malfunction and within a minute I called to share empathy within our friendship. Have no idea why she doesn't return calls to friends, but I can put that aside. I can put that aside for others also because they are involved in projects. I can still call and leave messages filled with greetings of friendship and info about events that would interest them.

With an older sister it is still harder.  She basically never calls, wanting me to call... and she doesn't return calls although she wants to receive them... If I knew she was in trouble at this time, I would be constantly present, but I know that in some ways, her life is better now, so I don't need to call as I had in past. I'm also not sending the daily or weekly pretty and decorated snail-mail cards that I was sending to cheer her. Think I'll call now and again wish her a chag Pesach sameach, and see how her Seders have been.

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Should I answer a phone call to provide empathy in kindness (following similar calls), when I know the call is joyous, but it is disturbing me during my writing and art meditation.  I can hear the message so I know I can answer or not.
If I am not needed for Chesed and sympathy, I can be truthful to myself, and fully present if I do choose to answer when I can.


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EMPATHY IN FRIENDSHIP - day 5 HOD sh b'CHESED

Kabbalistic Sephirat HaOmer - day 5 

PSALMS OF MY SOUL

I'd much rather be sharing with friends and family sweet flowers that in Hod/splendor I appreciate 
and love to share in Chesed/lovingkindness. 

Poppy, Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer   4.22.2016

Poppies, Edith's Garden
© Joy Krauthammer   4.22.2016

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